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Newton, L., 1931

Newton, L. (1931). A handbook of the British seaweeds. pp. [i]-xiii, 1-478, 270 figs. London: The Trustees of the British Museum, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, S.W.7.


Lily Newton was born on the 26th of January 1893. She was educated at Colston's Girls School, Bristol and then attended the University of Bristol. In 1919, Newton became an assistant lecturer in Botany at her former University. The following year, she took up a lectureship in Botany at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she remained until 1923. This was followed by a period as a research worker in natural history at the Imperial College of Science and the British Museum. In 1925, she married William Charles Frank Newton, but was widowed only two years later. 1928 saw Newton move to Aberystwyth, taking a post as a lecturer in botany at the University of Wales. By 1930, she was the University's Professor of Botany. Newton became Vice-Principal of the University of Wales in 1951, and in 1952 took on the role of Acting Principle, which she held until the September of the following year. The University of Wales, Aberystwyth made Newton an Emeritus Professor in 1959, and she received an Honorary LLD from the University of Wales in 1973. Beyond her academic career, Newton held the presidency of various societies, including Section K of the British Association, 1949; the British Phycological Society, 1955-7, and the UK Federation for Education in Home Economics, 1957-63. Newton published widely on plant distribution and seaweeds, and her work has appeared in a number of academic journals. She also undertook research work pertaining to the pollution problems of the River Rheidol, Cardiganshire. She died at her Swansea home on the 26th of March 1981.


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